Race organisers expect double race records at extremely competitive Telenor Copenhagen Marathon.
2 hours, 12 minutes and 10 seconds.
That was last year’s winner time clocked by Julius Ndiritu Karinga, as he crossed the finish line, at the same time breaking the previous race record, which had been undefeated for 30 years.
However, that record may very well prove short-lived. The elite field at this year’s Telenor Copenhagen Marathon is historically strong and features – besides last year’s winner – no less than three runners with a personal best below 2.12.10.
The fastest ever
The top favourites is a duo consisting of Henry Sugut of Kenya and Abraham Girma of Ethiopia.
“They are two runners who have previously finished sub 2.07.00, and we have never had faster runners than that attend the Telenor Copenhagen Marathon. Based on the feedback from their managers they are both fit to run under 2.10.00, which, besides being a new race record, will also be the fastest time ever achieved on Danish soil, so we have our fingers crossed”, says competition director Henrik Paulsen.
Besides these fast gentlemen and the current race record holder, this year’s race will feature a handful of runners who are capable of outrunning the current race record. This makes for an exciting and extremely competitive race in the streets of the Danish capital.
Domestic runner to pursue women’s race record
Not only among the male elite runners do we find runners capable of breaking the race record. The women’s field is historically strong as well and especially the participation of Sparta runner Sylvia Kiberenge is eagerly anticipated.
“Sylvia has previously proven herself fit to beat the current race record of 2.30.51 as she clocked 2.29.09 at last year’s Frankfurt Marathon. She has announced that she is in great shape and that she will attempt to beat the race record, but she will face tough competition from at least three other runners with personal records very close to Sylvia’s own”, says Henrik Paulsen.
Sponsors & partners
Main sponsor: Telenor
Sponsors: Nike, BMW, High5
Partners: Sportevent Denmark, the city of Frederiksberg, the city of Copenhagen, Wonderful Copenhagen, Danish Athletics Federatio